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Iran rejects 'baseless and boring' accusations over Ukraine war

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian speaks at a joint press conference with his Hungarian counterpart Peter Szijjarto in Tehran on February 22, 2024. (Photo by Iranian Foreign Ministry)

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says the repetition of baseless claims against the Islamic Republic over the war in Ukraine has reached a "boring stage".

Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks at a joint press conference with his Hungarian counterpart Peter Szijjarto in Tehran on Thursday.

Iran’s top diplomat noted that they discussed bilateral relations and the latest global developments, including the conflict in Ukraine, adding “I would like to once again strongly condemn the baseless accusations leveled against Iran regarding Russia’s use of Iranian weapons.”

“The repetition of baseless claims has reached a boring stage,” he said.

Amir-Abdollahian’s remarks came as US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said on Thursday that Washington will be “imposing additional sanctions on Iran in the coming days” over its alleged efforts to supply Russia with drones and other technology for the war.

Both Iran and Russia have repeatedly denied claims that Tehran has provided Moscow with weapons to be used in the war in Ukraine.

The anti-Iran claims first emerged in July 2022, when US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan alleged that Washington had received “information” indicating that the Islamic Republic was preparing to provide Russia with “up to several hundred drones, including weapons-capable UAVs on an expedited timeline” for use in the war.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Iran’s top diplomat noted that he and Szijjarto also discussed Israel’s genocidal war on the besieged Gaza Strip that began in October.

“We had frank discussions on the logic behind Iran’s support for the Palestinian people. I also asked Hungary to use all its capacity to stop the war and restore sustainable security to the region,” Amir-Abdollahian said.

He slammed the US and Britain’s attempts to extend the war to other parts of the world as “a mistake”, stressing that Yemenis are acting independently regarding pro-Palestine operations.

The US and the UK have been carrying out numerous attacks against Yemen as a means of trying to pressure the country into stopping a series of operations that it has been conducting in support of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

In solidarity with the Palestinians in Gaza, the Yemeni armed forces have targeted ships in the Red Sea with owners linked to Israel or those going to and from ports in the occupied territories.

Tehran-Budapest ties 

The visit of Szijjarto, who also acts as the minister of trade, to Iran came as Tehran and Budapest held a joint economic commission earlier on Thursday.

“Relations between the two countries are developing,” Amir-Abdollahian said, adding that a protocol of the economic commission and a road map for cooperation in the field of agriculture were signed during the session of the commission.

Budapest concerned about war in West Asia

For his part, Szijjarto hailed the bilateral ties between the two countries as “strong”, expressing his country’s concern over the ongoing war in the West Asia region.

He warned that the escalation of the situation and the spillover of the war in Gaza into the region “could be a great threat to the global security.”

Israel launched the war on Gaza on October 7 after the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas waged the surprise Operation Al-Aqsa Storm against the occupying entity in response to the Israeli regime's decades-long campaign of bloodletting and devastation against Palestinians.

Since the start of the offensive, the Tel Aviv regime has killed at least 29,514 Palestinians and injured more than 69,616 others.

Thousands more are also missing and presumed dead under the rubble in Gaza, which is under “complete siege” by Israel.

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